Water Licences

The GLWB, along with the other regional boards, issues licences for the use of water and deposit of waste in waters flowing through or overlying lands within the Mackenzie Valley. These licences operate in alignment with the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (MVRMA) and the Northwest Territories Waters Act (NWTWA).


Do I Require a Licence?

The Northwest Territories Water Regulations (NWTWR) specify 8 types of undertakings which require licenses, and two classes of licenses, based on the potential water use or water disturbance caused by the project, or the amount of waste to be deposited. The types of activities that require a Water License include: 

The GLWB may issue, amend, renew, suspend or cancel water licences for activities in federal areas, as well as outside of federal areas under the authority of the MVRMA, NWT Waters Act, and NWT Waters Regulations. 


Activities Not Requiring a Licence

The types of activities that do not require a Water License include: 

* Schedule IV to VIII in the NWTWR


APPENDIX A

CLASSIFICATIONS OF UNDERTAKINGS

Disclaimer: If there is a discrepancy between the information provided in this Appendix and the Regulations, then the Regulations prevail.  

Industrial - Any industrial undertaking other than mining and milling, including manufacturing processes, hydrostatic testing, fluming, the exploration for, and production and transportation of oil and gas, cooling systems, food processing, tanneries, smelters, sawmills, pulp mills, metal finishing and tailings reprocessing. 

Mining and Milling - Operation of a mine within the meaning of the Canada Mining Regulations or the Territorial Coal Regulations, and any milling related thereto. 

 Municipal - Any activity (a) in a municipality, or in a settlement comprising a multiplicity of residential units, that uses only a municipal water and sewage system, including domestic, horticultural, fire protection, commercial or industrial activities, or (b) in a camp or lodge. 

Power - Authorized hydro or geothermal electrical generation of 

          Class 0 - 150 or fewer kilowatts

          Class 1 - more than 150 kW but less than 5,000 kW

          Class 2 - more than 5,000 kW but less than 10,000 kW

          Class 3 - more than 10,000 kW but less than 20,000 kW

          Class 4 - more than 20,000 kW but less than 50,000 kW

          Class 5 - more than 50,000 kW but less than 100,000 kW

          Class 6 - 100,000 or more kW 

Agricultural - Nourishing crops or providing water for livestock 

Conservation - Construction of works for the preservation, protection or improvement of the existing natural environment 

Recreation - A commercial or public recreational development 

Miscellaneous - Any other undertaking


 APPENDIX B 

Water Licencing Criteria 

Disclaimer: If there is a discrepancy between the information provided in this Appendix and the Regulations, then the Regulations prevail.

 For Industrial Undertakings

Activity

Water Use and Deposit of Waste Requiring a Class "A" License

Water Use and Deposit of Waste Requiring a Class "B" License

Direct water use in respect of:

a)    Oil and gas exploration

b)    Any other industrial undertaking

a)    None

b)    Use of 300 or more cubic meters per day

a)    Use of 100 or more cubic meters per day

b)    Use of 100 or more cubic meters per day and less than 300 cubic meters per day

Watercourse crossings, including pipelines, bridges and roads

None

Construction of a structure across a watercourse 5 or more meters wide at ordinary high water mark at point of construction

Flood Control

None

Construction of a permanent instream structure

Diversions

None

All diversions more than 2m wide at ordinary high water mark at point of diversion

Alteration of flow or storage by means of dams or dikes

All other alterations or storage

Off-stream storage of a quantity of water greater than 2,500 m3 and less than 60,000 m3

Deposit of waste in conjunction with

a)    oil and gas exploration

b)    oil and gas production, processing, and refining

c)    quarrying and gravel washing

d)    hydrostatic testing

e)    cooling

f)     other industrial undertakings

a)    Deposit of drill waste in a manner other than to a sump

b)    All deposits of waste

c)    None

d)    None

e)    None

f)     None

a)    Deposit of drill waste to a sump

b)    None

c)    Deposits of waste in conjunction with quarrying below ordinary high water mark, OR deposit of waste in conjunction with quarrying above high water mark where there is a direct or indirect deposit of waste to surface water

d)    Any deposit or waste associated with cleaning or testing of used storage tanks or pipelines

e)    Any deposit of biocides or conditions

f)     All

 

Need a Water Licence?

Apply using the GLWB Water Licence Application Form.